An Inter subjective Systems Approach to Couples Therapy, presented by Adjunct Associate
Professor Amanda Gordon
Deferred until Friday 7th September 2012 at the Darwin Novotel Atrium
Tuesday 28th August 2012 at the Broadbeach Sofitel
To book, please contact Amanda at email@example.com
About the Workshop
In this Master class, we will explore briefly the Myth of the Isolated Mind, for our lives are
inevitably embedded in the subjective lives of our bodies. We cannot just look at the mind
without the context, the System, in which we operate. One has to have connections in
one’s life, as we are made to be in relationship. Equally, however, we need to be able to be
separate, and that creates a motivational path as strong as that towards attachment – one
that is labelled aversion. Kohut stated that: “Our relational contexts make us ourselves”.
And so we find, in intersubjective therapy, that it is the acknowledgement of the bridge
between each other that is part of the healing of self. Nothing in our lives is separate from
the context in which it occurs. There’s no understanding an individual life without
understanding its context. Couples Treatment can be said to be the art and science of
turning on the attachment motivation, while turning off the aversion. This can only happen
in an atmosphere in which the couple feels understood and in which the therapist is
The work of the therapist is to engage in sustained empathic enquiry,
with equal immersion for both partners, without necessarily giving them equal time.
Systems-based therapy attempts to heal the wounds, the ruptures, in the family.
Intersubjectivity focuses attention on the field formed by the interplay of the personal
worlds of two people.
After a theoretical discussion, with application to real cases,
participants will be invited to present a case for peer review and an analysis of the
applicability of the intersubjective systems approach. Preference will be given to those who
can present a video extract of therapy. Participants are invited to submit a case summary
and formulation to Amanda Gordon at Amanda@apsych.net if they would like to present at
the Master Class.
This full day workshop is $340, including morning and afternoon teas, lunch, and a full set of handouts. Discounts for groups of five or more and students.